Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport is at the highest risk of Coronavirus spread. A new model for predicting global novel coronavirus cases has revealed this. The model developed by Humboldt University and Robert Koch Institute in Germany has also ranked countries based on Coronovirus attack possibilities.
The model is based on the worldwide air transportation network (WAN) that connects approximately 4,000 airports with more than 25,000 direct connections. As per it, IGI airport has the highest risk of Coronavirus among Indian airports. IGI is followed by airports in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kochi. In terms of country-wise ranking, India is placed at 17th rank by the model.
The spread of the virus on an international scale is dominated by air travel as per the model. Wuhan the epicenter of Coronavirus is a major domestic air transportation hub with many connecting international flights. Since January 23 it has been quarantined. The busier a flight route, the more probable it is that an infected passenger travels this route says the model.
Among the top 10 countries at risk, Thailand tops the chart followed by Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia, according to the model.
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